Docu-Forum Online The Case You

The Case You © Lenn Lamster © Lenn Lamster

Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 18:30 IST


A film by Alison Kuhn

Duration: 80 minutes, Germany, 2020, German with English subtitles

Just how far is it acceptable to push actors in the name of cinema? And at what point do you cross the boundary where acting becomes sexual assault? These are the questions raised by the testimony of six young women who were manipulated and sexually abused during an audition. The director of The Case You, Alison Kuhn, is one of them. This neutralizes the camera’s potentially predatory eye and turns the lens into a liberating channel to express anger and demand justice.

‘I invited five women to spend several days with our team in a theater hall. Within this protected space, we try to figure out what connects them. They are in their twenties, actresses and four years ago they participated in the same audition, in which they experienced systematic abuse of sexual and violent nature, as well as hundreds of others did. I was one of the contenders as well. As many of my colleagues, I wanted to suppress this day as quickly as possible. But since the director continued his abuse by using the audition material to edit a whole new movie, there is currently a legal battle between the production company and the actresses taking place. Not much of it has yet reached the public.

Today, I myself study directing and explore with the women in The Case You, what occurred back then, how it was possible for it to even happen and what it now means for our lives and our work.’ - Alison Kuhn

Alison Kuhn © Alison Kuhn © Alison Kuhn Alison Kuhn is a German film director, actress and writer. She was born in 1995 in Saarbrücken, Germany. After having graduated from acting school, she started her directing studies at Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF in Potsdam. Kuhn is a scholarship holder of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. In 2017, she won the German National Award for Young Poetry. Her first feature length documentary The Case You celebrated its world premiere at IDFA in 2020 and was honored with the German Documentary Award for Art and Culture. In 2021, her fictional film Fluffy Tales was nominated for the Golden Lola at the German Short Film Award.
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